This may be especially important if you have cut yourself recently, got a tick bite, or live in an area that is prone to Lyme disease. IC and Lyme are very closely related.
Getting treated for this medical condition often controls the symptoms typical to Interstitial Cystitis as well.
Endometriosis is a condition where uterine-like tissue develops outside the uterus and may also enter the bladder. It may manifest itself with pelvis inflammation, apart from bladder pain and painful sex. IC and endometriosis are closely related and diagnosis of one of these may indicate the presence of the other.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Some UTIs and STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea show IC symptoms like bladder pain, frequent urge to urinate. It may also get manifested through symptoms of urinary tract infections like vaginal discharge and pelvic pain. Whether the symptoms are due to an STI or IC can be diagnosed by undergoing an RNA-based test.
Intolerance to certain food products and chemicals
Sometimes bladder pain may not be the cause of any medical condition at all. It may be due to certain food that some people are intolerant to. These food products include soy, tofu, cow milk, eggs, refined sugar, gluten, processed and packaged food items, etc.
Some chemicals like nicotine, the smell of paints and lacquers, food dyes, nitrates, and sulfites may also irritate the bladder, causing pain. Food intolerance varies greatly amongst individuals. Cutting certain food items out of the diet prevents bladder pain and irritation.
Sjogren’s and other Autoimmune Diseases
Some autoimmune disorders involve the immune system attacking glands that specialize in producing tears and saliva. This, in turn, may cause inflammation in the bladder, appearing like a case of Interstitial Cystitis.
Patients with IC are also more susceptible to autoimmune disorders like Sjogren’s and systemic lupus. Treating the symptoms of IC often cures the accompanying autoimmune diseases as well.
Do you know of any more health conditions that have bladder pain as the main symptom? Share them with us in the comments!